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Macklemore Reveals He Was 'About to Die' Before Going to Rehab

Macklemore Reveals He Was 'About to Die' Before Going to Rehab

Macklemore is opening up about addiction.

The 37-year-old superstar spoke about his personal battle in an appearance on People’s Party With Talib Kweli.

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During his appearance, he revealed that if his dad didn’t pay for a 30-day intake program at a rehab, he could have died.

“If it wasn’t for my pops having the 10 or 12 racks [thousand] that it was when I first went to treatment [when I was 25] and [his ability] to spend that on me, I’d be f—ing dead. I wouldn’t be here right now. That’s not to be f—ing dramatic, that’s just what it is. I was about to die,” he said.

“I was lucky enough to go to a facility for 30 days. People don’t know that it’s okay to go to treatment,” he continued.

“I remember hearing a certain rapper, I think it was Smokepurpp, and he was talking about [how] he went to treatment but didn’t want to tell anybody. He was having that internal conversation like, ‘What do I do now?’ My whole s— is [about] sipping lean and smoking backwoods [cigars]. How do I still remain relevant? It’s a mess — but what’s more of a mess is dying. I struggled for so long as a youth and didn’t know there was a recovery community because by nature we’re in a program of being anonymous. Whether you’re talking about Alcoholics, Narcotics Anonymous or Cocaine Anonymous — it’s an anonymous program. Anonymity at the level of press, radio and film — which I’m probably breaking right now — is one of the founding principles [that made me feel unsure].”

“For a lot of these youth, [I thinking they feel like,] how could you even know? You haven’t even been doing drugs long enough to know that you have that allergy that you can’t stop. Whether it’s lean, Xanax, oxycodone — all of these drugs, if you do them for long enough, you will get addicted. It doesn’t matter who you are. That’s prescription dope. That is heroin in the form of a pill,” he went on to say.

“You work these 12 steps and you get better. You excavate that bulls—. You figure out your character defects. You say you’re sorry to some people. You have a spiritual awakening and you go out and you carry that message to someone else…that’s the most important thing in this world is being of service to other people; getting outside of your f—ing head. That has been my story.”

Macklemore recently debuted his “quarantine glow up.”

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